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If you have been named as the administrator or executor in a will, you likely have many questions about the Michigan probate process. A Detroit probate law firm can help you through the administration process in a timely and cost-effective manner. We understand the emotional toll of administrating the estate of a loved one and strive to make the process as streamlined and hassle-free as possible.

What Forms Do I Need?

Detroit probate matters are handled by the Wayne County probate court. There, you must file a number of forms, including:

  • PC 559: This form serves as your petition for probate and commences the proceedings. This form is also necessary if you are involved in an intestacy matter (no will) as it serves to appoint a personal representative.
  • PC 565: This form is used to identify potential heirs to the estate. All individuals who are descendants of the deceased person must provide their information for purposes of distribution of assets.
  • PC 566: This form may be necessary in certain estates. If the deceased individual left assets or property to non-heir devisees, such as a friend or charitable organization, those people are listed here.
  • PC 570: The administrator of an estate must promise to serve in a fiduciary role until the estate is closed. This form, which is notarized, certifies that the administrator is aware of his or her duties and maintains personal responsibility in the event the estate is administered improperly.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

It is advisable that you speak with a Detroit probate law firm prior to embarking on estate administration. This process can be complex, depending on the size of the estate and the number of heirs and devisees. If you are interested in speaking with a reputable and experienced probate lawyer, attorney Christopher Trainor has been working with probate matters for over 20 years and can assist you in the wake of the death of your loved one. Contact the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates by calling 1-800-961-8477.

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